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Subject: BGP, Dylan covers, Stella Blue
The recording is good except for a couple of spots on Bertha and one on Greatest Story... I think this was really a good show. With the first three songs, the band spells out the same acronym as "Bill Graham Presents," offering their respect on the day of Bill Graham's funeral.
The whole show was great, but STELLA BLUE is absolutely gorgeous if you want to cut through the chase.
Of the Dylan tunes, Stuck Inside a Mobile was perfect. I enjoyed this one more than the one I saw Dylan, himself, play. Watchtower was very improvisational, Jerrywise, and Bob sounds fantastic. Also, you people who keep pointing to the third song being anything other than "Peggy 'O" are funny. Peggy O' is oh so sweet--"Sweet William, he is dead, pretty Peggy O'."
And thanks to those who upload great quality recordings to this site! If anyone could put out this one as a matrix to avoid the spots of awkward silence during the first two songs, that would be great.
And as the Dead were obviously saying, "Thank you (Bill Graham) for a real good time!"
Subject: Gone Both... Dream and Lie.
"Heads" will endlessly debate when the "golden age" of The Dead ended. Some go by decades: "They sucked after the 1970's", etc.
Some go by keyboardists: "They were never the same after Pigpen, everything changed when Brent died, Vince sucked...", etc.
But the REAL death of The Dead seemed to coincide with the death of "Uncle Bobo". (Bill Graham). He was the REAL force behind the power of the band, and after his tragic demise, things changed forever.
Jerry started singing, "NOTHING new is waiting to be born" during "Crazy Fingers", and it was as if whatever "magic" that surrounded the band went into the Great Beyond with Bobo.
Odd, but true, IMO.
Burnt Rich -
Subject: Still wonderin'.........
When will it ever be explained why so many shows always have Peggy-O listed as "ElPaso"?? Things heat up during Wang Dang and off we go......................... exactly 6 months earlier in Vegas, I was lucky to get a face to face w/ Bill on his Honda at one of the gates in the lot before the show got rollin'. Just another show for him, but a fine moment for myself. I am blown away by the gift this guy was every day of my life. Wolfgang's Vault is just a click away....check out what else he left us with. Thank you for a real good time.
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: Phil Is King Of The Wild Beasts & I Ain't Lion.
Another superb exposition of the sights of the sounds of the trips festival.
This concert is powerful all the way through ~ as a fire storm. Phil's flame-breathed and oxygen-sucking sound cause a dancer to spin out of control through the entire escapade.
Some minor problems on First Set, of course ~ the usual drop-outs and clicks and pops ~ but it all settles into a spontaneous second set capped off in grandeur by Stella Blue.
It rates a 4 due to sounds quirks, but the recording is excellent for those quirks and the performance is a 5.5. Averaged out it's a 5.
Subject: My first one
This was my first show. My aunt took me for my birthday. Before this my exposure to the Dead was 'American Beauty', 'In the Dark' and that 'Skeletons in the Closet' greatest hits thing. I had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, the bus came by and I got on. My mind was blown...and then it all made sense. I had a lump in my throat during the "sweet William, he is dead..." line in Peggy O. This is a real solid show. Killer 'Wang Dang Doodle', 'Bird Song' is exquisite. 'Crazy Fingers', 'Playin'...' and the awesome jam out of space. This was the run of shows that came on the heels of Bill Graham's death. This is a real solid show. This whole run was pretty great. Everything leading up to the amazing 10/31/91 2nd set...
hey - didn't you people learn anything from any of this?.. take it easy on eachother all ready! nice show & nice recording - thanks
Subject: uncle bobo
This was a good run. Thanks for sharing. As I remember it. Since I was living in Concord at the time. Uncle Bobo was at the pavillon checking out Mr. Mahony's show. It was either the 30th or the 31st. I don't remember Eddie sellout two shows, but i could be wrong. I really thought it was halloween..........what a storm. Not best for fliing. UNCLE BOBO > WE MISS YOU.
and I was....I stand corrected.......10/25/91. Eddie Money's Halloween shows were early.
Subject: 4 stars
Bill Graham died on 10-25-91, before this run started. IMHO, The Touch heads had already infiltrated the scene by 1991, not to say that it didn't keep getting worse as the end neared. As well, some would say that Bill's son got his style from none other than his father. The opener was Bertha, GSET, Peggy'O, not Promised Land.
Subject: the transcendant absolute...
This show i feel is an extremely pure distillation of the Grateful Dead alchemy- the unique ability to reflect the spirits and unify with the attendees. The sound quality is pristine and the playing absolutely superb. Bill Grahams funeral was the morning of this show and his spirit was missed - the thoughtful gestures like apples were given away prior to the show. The music in the second set is sublime and brought everyone to a magical moment of stillness and unity, the music was so profound - it was one of those nights where clapping was superflous and the mojo was truly on. Around 20 friends that were there also expressed that it was a truly intense moving experience unparalled in many many shows attended. The transcendant absolute.
Subject: hey thai
Grahams helicopter didnt crash on this day....i LOVE touch of Grey..........i didnt ruin shit for anyone..go smoke a cock
Subject: B ill G rahm P resents
Somber show. Notice the three openers. B G P
Bertha, Greatest.., Promised .Bill Grahm's helicopter crashed this day.The scene forever changed after Bill was gone. His son is-was- a serious asshole and shows were never run the same. Only Bill could of known how to deal with the exploding scene and all of the touch of grey heads. They ruined it for all of us. This was the beginning of the end of it all.
Subject: Burning Note
Burning Note: D2 tracks do not fit on an 80-min disk.